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DANGER OF MIXING METHODS

Compounding and embedding are two different ways of combining ideas. Don't mix them together.
  • The air conditioner makes a lot of noise but the cooling is worth it. (The word but compounds the clauses.)
  • Although the air conditioner makes a lot of noise, the cooling is worth it. (The word although embeds the first clause.)
  • Although the air conditioner makes a lot of noise, but the cooling is worth it. (Incorrect mix of compounding and embedding)
The temptation to mix forms may be greatest when the clauses contrast with each other or when one clause describes a cause and the other an effect. Be especially careful not to mix the conjunctions and dependent words below:

  Conjunctions
(for compounding)
Dependent words
(for embedding)
Showing contrast but
yet
although
though
even though
Showing cause & effect for
so
because
since

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